Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in an issued statement this evening that "what is happening in various Lebanese regions, including Tripoli, is exactly what we were warning of and expecting as a result of the suffocating social and economic crisis."
He added: "I have always stood by my people in Tripoli, the North and all of Lebanon, in their demands for their rights, and I am ready to take full responsibility before them, but the current crisis is the responsibility of the whole ruling political class."
"The government collectively bears the responsibility to address these issues," he corroborated.
Mikati hoped that today's events would sound the final alarm bell for the government to proceed in providing the required solutions.
Source: National News Agency